Don’t Let Easter Candy Ruin Your Family’s Teeth | East Longmeadow, MA [Blog]
Spring means Easter, which in America is both a religious holiday and a national, secular one. That’s why so many people in Massachusetts get together with family and friends for a big meal and some time together.
Unfortunately, this holiday can be a problem for your family’s teeth. All that candy and food can lead to cavities, gum disease, and more even if everyone in your home brushes and flosses regularly. That’s why you should call Dores Dental today at 413-241-3995 for some post-Easter dentist appointments. Dr. Dores can see children as young as one year old, so your entire family can get the care they need for healthy, beautiful smiles.
Easter Dental Tips
Only a qualified dentist like Dr. Dores has the technology and training needed to get your family’s smiles truly clean, but here are some tips for helping your family protect their teeth this Easter.
- Replace some candy with games and activities: There’s a lot more to this holiday (no matter how you celebrate it or not) than just sugar. It’s a great time to get together with family and friends. That’s why replacing some candy with games can make sense. Some candy is fine, of course, but why not spend time together instead of eating unhealthy snacks?
- Don’t buy candy that’s very colorful, sticky, or chewy: Again, you can have some candy around the holiday weekend. But if you can, avoid getting stuff that’s colorful, sticky, or chewy. Brightly colored candy stains your teeth slowly but surely, while sticky and chewy candy gets sugar all over your teeth and gums for much longer than other candies.
- Only enjoy a little soda, juice, or alcohol: Although Easter candy is the biggest problem, these drinks tend to be packed with sugar as well. And because they’re liquid, that sugar tends to coat your teeth and gums. These drinks tend to be highly acidic as well, which can directly damage your family’s enamel.
- Pack leftover candy in the freezer so it’s out of sight: One problem with this holiday is how people leave baskets of sweets out all weekend long (if not longer). This just encourages unhealthy snacking, which in turn encourages cavities and gum disease. After your family has had some candy, bag it and place it in the back of your freezer. This way, you can still enjoy some later but your family won’t be so tempted by seeing it laying around.
- Rinse with plain water after every time you eat or drink: Sugar and acid both hurt your family’s smiles. That’s why it pays to rinse with water after they eat or drink. Even if the food is sugar-free, rinsing helps wash away tiny food particles that hurt your dental health.
Why Food Hurts Smiles
Why does eating hurt your teeth? It typically comes down to harmful bacteria.
Everyone has some in their mouth, and they survive by eating tiny food particles left after you eat or drink. To keep those bacteria under control, you need to worry about the kind of food you eat. Sugar and carbs are full of energy, so these help those bacteria grow out of control. That just leads to cavities and gum disease.
But any food can work here, which is why brushing and flossing are so important. Also, acidic foods and drinks can erode enamel all on their own. This is a slow process, but it can creep up on your family.